How to Tell If You Need a New Dishwasher

Home Plumbing Troubleshooting

How to Tell If You Need a New Dishwasher

If your dishwasher isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be time to consider replacing it. Below, we’ve compiled some pointers to keep in mind if you aren’t sure whether you need a new dishwasher or whether your existing unit can be repaired at a fairly low cost.

Your Dishes Aren’t Hot

Anyone who owns a dishwasher has probably at some point had a few dishes come out a bit dirty. Failing to rinse excessively soiled plates or using the wrong type of soap can cause dishes to come out with a few stains or crumbs on them. Regardless, your dishes should always come out of your dishwasher piping hot. If this isn’t the case, then the heating coil or electric heater may be damaged. These parts are expensive to replace, which means you may be better off buying a new dishwasher.

You Notice Rust

Never ignore rust in and under your dishwasher. Rust flakes under your dishwasher are a warning sign that water is leaking into places it shouldn’t. In this case, you should immediately buy a new dishwater to avoid water damage that can be difficult and expensive to repair. You should also invest in a new dishwasher if plastic or metal in the machine is showing signs of corrosion.

You Hear Strange Noises

Never ignore strange noises coming from your dishwasher. In some instances, odd sounds can be caused by improperly loading dishes. However, in many cases, unusual dishwasher noise on an ongoing basis is caused by a failing motor. Replacing the unit in such instances is usually your only option.

Your Dishwasher is Old

If your dishwasher is more than eight to 10 years old, it is probably time to replace it. Below are a few reasons why replacing an old dishwasher is usually better than fixing an old one:

  • Your plumber may not be able to find important parts (such as replacement latches) for older units.

  • Older dishwashers use significantly more energy than newer, energy-efficient models.

  • New dishwashers are often quieter.

  • You never know when an old dishwasher will completely fail. In many cases, it will be at the most inconvenient time.

If you aren’t sure whether your dishwasher needs to be replaced, have a professional plumber assess the unit. Problems such as broken latches, cloudy dishes and even water leaks can be repaired by a savvy professional. Have an experienced plumber look at the unit as soon as possible to avoid further damage that may result in costly repairs or even the need to replace the dishwasher.

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